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cookies & cream

cookies&cream

I’m always down for a delicious recipe and if it includes chocolate? Then definitely count me in! The other day I was scrolling through Pinterest and stumbled upon this amazing cookies & cream frozen hot chocolate recipe. Perfect hot chocolate twist for the spring time (yes, my fingers are still crossed for this warmer weather that will be here any day now)? YES and YUM! Can’t wait to try it out, plus it fulfills two of my college student recipe requirements: cheap and easy!

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break the habit

habit

I have a tendency to run my life on autopilot. I am a girl who loves her schedules, which is definitely a good thing in terms of personal organization, but it also means that sometimes I get into a groove where I am not completely conscious of my actions. By no means am I saying that I am doing anything wrong, but it is sad to space out and just go through life out of habit. I want to lead a more intentional life. I think it is very important to be aware and appreciate every moment. It is all too easy to get caught up in the go-go-going and miss out on life that way. Heading into a new month I want to be more proactive about taking a step back every once in a while to slow down and appreciate everything around me. Do you have any February resolutions?

julie and julia

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The other day I re-watched Julia and Julia. I really love that movie. Something about seeing people so passionate about what they are doing really speaks to me. I was always jealous of friends growing up who absolutely knew for certain that the wanted to be X, Y, or Z. I always felt like I was just tumbling through life without a real goal in mind. While I have some short-term and medium-term and probably even some long-terms goals, I don’t have any over-arching passion that’s driving my life. At least not one that I am aware of! There’s something so beautiful about having a calling in life… guess time will tell for me!

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craving coffee

craving coffee

I was never a huge coffee drinker growing up; I hated the taste and I didn’t care about the caffeine. But ever since hitting college I haven’t been able to get enough of the stuff. I don’t drink coffee for the caffeine per-se (it actually hurts my stomach sometimes if I have too much), but for the taste and consistency. Also I love the lifestyle! Is there anything better than a warm cup of coffee on a cold day? Or two better words than “coffee date?” I think not. I saw this pic on one of my favorite blogs recently, and I thought it was just genius. Next time you’re brunching with friends or looking for a classy way to enjoy your morning coffee, try using a wine glass instead of a mug! It’s simple, chic, and let’s you enjoy the beautiful color of freshly poured coffee!

my week in photos

I can’t believe I’ve been in Cali for nearly two weeks now! Where has the time gone?! Here’s a little photo montage to give you a better picture (hehehe) of what my past week has looked like:

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The Boy and I went to Muir Woods to check out the giant red wood trees. It was absolutely incredible and I wish we had had more time to explore the park!

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I treated myself to a new Lululemon top (see here). Words can’t even begin to  describe the attention to detail or how much I love it.

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We ventured into the city to visit a friend from Union who was in town for a geology conference. We really only drove through, but I am looking forward to exploring more next week with my sister.

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Got a beautiful shot of the Golden Gate from a great look-out to the north.

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The Boy and I are taking full advantage of Union extensive winter break (read: 6 weeks what whatttt) and reconnecting with our childhood roots. I was creating a house out of Legos when the cat stepped in and decided to add his own touches.

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On Wednesday we drove 6 and a half hours down the state of California to visit my sister at Caltech! Here she is with the beautiful boys.

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I had the most incredible Waffle Chicken Salad for lunch at Caltech‘s faculty club, The Athenaeum — “a buckwheat waffle made with pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries, topped with frisee, apple, crispy chicken, goat cheese and maple vinaigrette” — that’s one equation that equals YUM.

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The Boy enjoyed exploring the Caltech campus and seeing all of the neat scientific displays, including this artwork representing 4D space.

IMG_0139Julia took a glamour pose near J. J. Thompson’s original cathode ray tube — BIG DEAL!

 

yoga bunny

yoga bunny

Anyone else feeling tense from too much holiday shopping or too many hours spent traveling? Yoga is your redemption, my friend. I swear by my trusty yoga DVDs, but I have been looking for some more yoga outlets as I get bored of doing the same exact thing time and time again. I am not in one place long enough right now to sign up for a class or anything, but I think things like the cute little sequence above will get me through for now. Simply hold each of the above poses for 10 seconds (or about three breaths) and then move onto the next one. Repeat as many times as it takes to finally get all of the kinks out of your back! Anyone else have any good DIY yoga tips or recommendations?

tis the season

mint chocolate

Tis the season for delicious scents! I popped into Bath and Body Works the other week to redeem an awesome candle-with-purchase coupon. I chose this adorable mint chocolate scented candle as my free-be and oh how glad I am that I did! It smells absolutely scrumptious and I love lighting it when I am doing my makeup or reading or blogging! If I had the money, I would buy countless candles for every and any occasion. (My dream is still to someday own one of these).